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Talking Tom and Friends
Talking Tom and Friends logo.svg
Started 2010
Creator Outfit7
Original work Video game series
Films and television
Animated series

Talking Tom and Friends

Talking Tom and Friends voices

Games
Video games Talking Tom and Friends
Miscellaneous
Toys
  • Talking Tom (in three sizes)
  • Talking Ginger
  • Talking Ben (in three sizes)
  • "Superstar Toys (available in Talking Tom, Talking Ginger and Talking Angela)

Talking Tom and Friends is the flagship franchise of multinational entertainment company Outfit7 Limited. As of July 2014 there are six characters (Talking Tom, Talking Angela, Talking Ginger, Talking Ben, Talking Pierre, and Talking Hank) and 14 apps within the Talking Tom and Friends umbrella brand.

The characters[edit]

Talking Tom[edit]

Talking Tom is the lead character in the Talking Tom and Friends franchise. Tom is a wisecracking, adventure-seeking anthropomorphic feline, described as the "world’s most popular cat."[1]

Talking Tom is a fully animated interactive 3D character that users can tickle, poke and play with in the apps. Users can also get Tom to repeat what they say.[2] The original Talking Tom Cat app was launched in July 2010 for iOS, closely followed by Talking Tom 2 in 2011.

The My Talking Tom app was launched in November 2013.[3] This interactive app sees users raise their very own Tom from a kitten to a fully-grown tomcat,[4] caring for him and customizing his fur, clothes and home. My Talking Tom had over 11 million downloads and was the top games app in 135 countries worldwide within 10 days of its launch.[5]

Talking Tom also appears in other apps in the Talking Tom and Friends series: Tom Loves Angela, Talking Tom & Ben News, Tom’s Love Letters, Talking Friends Superstar, and Talking Tom for Messenger. He is also a guest in I Want To Be Big, Talking Santa and Talking Pierre the Parrot.

In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, he is voiced by Colin Hanks.

Talking Angela[edit]

Talking Angela is the feline girlfriend of Talking Tom in the series.[6] She is a stylish kitty with a love of travel and singing; Angela’s chart-topping YouTube music videos have racked up millions of views.[7]

The Talking Angela chatbot app was released in December 2014 for iOS and in January 2013 for Android. There also is a "My Talking Angela" app. Just like "My Talking Tom" you raise your very own Angela cat from a kitten to a full grown cat. Unlike "My Talking Tom", My Talking Angela is more realistic. Talking Angela has also appeared in other apps in Outfit7’s flagship entertainment franchise: Tom’s Love Letters, Angela’s Valentine, Tom Loves Angela, Talking Friends Superstar, and Talking Friends Cartoon. Angela also appears as a guest in I Want To Be Big and Tom’s Messenger.

In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, she is voiced by Lisa Schwartz.

Talking Ginger[edit]

Talking Ginger is a mischievous, fun-loving anthropomorphic kitten and the nephew of Talking Tom.[8] Talking Ginger made his debut in December 2011 in the Talking Santa Meets Ginger app. His own app, Talking Ginger, was released in August 2012. Fun and educational, the app has been described as making the process of going to bed and brushing teeth "a fun adventure for the whole family." [9] Talking Ginger has also appeared in other Talking Tom and Friends apps: Ginger’s Birthday, Talking Friends Cartoons, Talking Friends Superstar, and I Want To Be Big. Talking Ginger also makes appearances in the Talking Santa, Talking Santa meets Ginger and Tom Loves Angela apps.

In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, he is voiced by Maria Bamford.

Talking Ben[edit]

The Talking Ben the Dog app was launched in April 2011 on iOS. This 3D canine character with a love of science[10] has also appeared in the Talking Tom & Ben News and Talking Friends Cartoons apps. He has also made guest appearances in Talking Santa, Talking Tom Cat 2,and Tom’s Messenger.

In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, he is voiced by James Adomian.

Talking Pierre[edit]

Talking Pierre is an anthropomorphic parrot with a love of all things musical.[11] Pierre made his debut in the Talking Pierre the Parrot app in December 2011 on iOS. He has also made appearances in the Talking Friends Cartoons and Talking Santa apps.

Talking Hank[edit]

Talking Hank is a dog with a love of TV with a fiery passion. He is Tom's roommate and fan and Ginger's role model. Hank's name translation in France is Honk and he saw every sitcom made from years 1986 to 1994. He appeared in Talking Tom's new reality TV show Christmas audition video.

In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, he is voiced by Tom Kenny.


User-made content[edit]

Fans of Talking Tom and Friends use the integrated social media functions in the apps to create and share their videos on social media sites. User-made videos range from Talking Tom singing Lady Gaga and dancing Gangnam style, to Benjamin Netanyahu's recorded message.

Media[edit]

The Talking Tom and Friends brand has expanded beyond second screen entertainment in the years since its launch in 2010.[12] There is now branded merchandise, YouTube music videos,[13] an animated web series[14] and a 3D animated series.

Music[edit]

Talking Tom and Talking Angela’s music video for their single "You Get Me",[15] created in cooperation with Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records, has received over 220 million views on YouTube as of July 2015. Talking Angela has also recorded her first solo song called ‘That’s Falling in Love’.[16]

Animated Series[edit]

Outfit7 Limited launched a 52-webisode animated series called Talking Friends[17] in 2015, based on the antics of Talking Tom and Friends. As of July 2014, the series has received over 300 million views YouTube. Tom is voiced by Colin Hanks, Ben is voiced by James Adomian, Hank is voiced by Tom Kenny, Angela is voiced by Lisa Schwartz and Ginger is voiced by Maria Bamford.

Pilot[edit]

# Title Date of Release Summary
0 The Audition December 23, 2014 Tom records an audition video to get his own reality show.

Season 1[edit]

# Title Release Date Summary Guest Voice
1 Untalking Tom April 30, 2015 It's the annual So You Think You Can App app contest and Tom and Ben are excited. When Tom tries out the "Anti-Theft App" he loses his voice. His friends try to cure him with The Internet Doctor, and soup. Brian Stack
2 Assertive App May 7, 2015 When Tom, Ben and Hank get their demo video of the Tom and Angela's Sing Like a Pro app get interruptted by a leaf blower and jackhammer, they hatch a plan to make an "assertive app" that gives people commands.
3 Future Tron May 21, 2015 Ben makes the "Future Tron 6000" app for him and Tom to look like what would happen in the future. But their times in the future are ruined.
4 Friendly Customer Service June 4, 2015 Tom programs "Gilbert", a friendly customer service robot. When Tom and Ben can't leave Gilbert to go to "The Amazing Headache", Gilbert suddenly then goes on a rampage of their garage band studio.
5 Magnetic Ben June 18, 2015 It's the annual Kentossy Derby, and the horseshoes are flying. Ben doesn't really know how to play, so he goes to a university and learns to control his magnetic powers after being exposed to electromagnetic radiation.
6 Angela's Scarf July 2, 2015 It's the annual Scarf Spectacular Runway Neck-tacular and Angela loses. What she does is make an app about scarves.
7 Ben's High Score July 16, 2015 Ben and Hank have a "Flappy Talking Tom" showdown, having their team name as "The Barrage in the Garrage". Ben gets mad over the game and tries to win.
8 Strategic Hot Mess July 30, 2015 When Angela throws a tantrum at her singing sensation, she becomes Internet-famous- but not for her singing.
9 Man on the Moon August 13, 2015 It's the annual best friends camping trip for the gang. Hank plays "Guess That Song", Ginger finds dinosaur bones, Angela has a romantic moment with Tom, and Ben talks on the Internet with The Ultramoon.

Minisodes[edit]

# Title Date of Release Summary
1 Stop Copying Me February 5, 2015 Tom copies everything that Hank does.
2 Anti-social February 19, 2015 Tom's friends are being anti-social.
3 Ben The Comedian March 19, 2015 Ben tries to be a comedian but the audience is laughing at his fails.
4 Super Vacuum April 2, 2015 While Hank has to look after Ginger, Ginger eats a sandwich.
5 Good Morning Tom April 16, 2015 Hank wakes Tom up from a dream.
6 There's an App for That September 3, 2015 Tom and Ben make the best plans for an app.

Awards[edit]

The My Talking Tom app won the award for "Best iPad Game: Kids, Education & Family" at the 2014 Tabby Awards, the global competition for the best tablet app.[18]

My Talking Tom was also voted the 2014 Tabby Award Users’ Choice favorite in two categories, "Best iPad Game: Kids, Education & Family" and "Best Android Game: Puzzle, Cards & Family".[19]

The Talking Tom and Talking Ben Talk Back plush toys won the Best Girls Licensed Toy award at the Australian Toy Association Awards in 2012.[20]

Licensing and merchandising[edit]

Talking Tom and Friends launched a range of interactive toys called Superstar in 2012. The plush toys talk and interact with multiple Talking Tom and Friends apps, as well as with each other, using an advanced voice recognition system.

Talking Tom and Friends apps[edit]

Date Title Platform(s)
Android iOS Amazon Kindle Windows Phone
2010 Talking Tom Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Talking Ginger Yes Yes No Yes
2011 Talking Tom 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Talking Ben Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Talking Santa Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Talking Pierre Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Talking Tom and Ben News Yes Yes Yes No
2012 Tom's Love Letters Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Tom Loves Angela Yes Yes Yes No
2012 Talking Angela Yes Yes No No
2012 Angela's Valentine Yes Yes No No
2013 Talking Ginger 2 (originally known as Ginger's Birthday) Yes Yes Yes No
2013 My Talking Tom Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 Talking Larry Yes Yes Yes No
2014 My Talking Angela Yes Yes Yes Yes
2015 Talking Tom for Messenger Yes Yes No No

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Talking Tom 2 - Gameplay Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "My Talking Tom: Review". OmegaDroid. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "My Talking Tom : Official trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "And in first place is… ‘My Talking Tom’ App Hits The Top Spot". Licensing Worldwide. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Talking Angela - Official Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tom and Angela - You Get Me (from Talking Friends)". YouTube. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Talking Ginger - Gameplay Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Outfit7 Launches "Talking Ginger" App, Teaches Bedtime Skills". Business Wire. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Talking Ben". YouTube. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Talking Pierre - Gameplay Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "About us". Outfit7. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tom and Angela - You Get Me (from Talking Friends)". YouTube. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tom After Tom Ep 10 - Talking Friends". YouTube. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Tom and Angela - You Get Me (from Talking Friends)". YouTube. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Tom and Angela - That's Falling in Love (Video Teaser)". YouTube. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tom After Tom Ep 10 - Talking Friends". YouTube. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  18. ^ http://tabbyawards.com/2014winners/
  19. ^ "My Talking Tom scoops Tabby Award". ToyWorld. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Talking Tom ready to play as brand new line of Talking Friends Talk back plush hit retailers". Dragon-I. Retrieved 4 September 2014.